Chop to solar scheme to go ahead
THE NSW Government will forge ahead with its plan to abandon its 60c/kW solar energy price in favour of a 40c/kW price despite a week of public uproar and "robust" debate in the party room yesterday.
Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said the cabinet would look at ways to support those who could prove "hardship" due to the change and the ammended bill would be presented to parliament in three weeks.
Mr Cansdell said he was among many Members who objected to the move but in the end no vote was put on the matter.
"I let them know of my concerns and the concerns of my constituents," he said.
"None of us are jumping out of our skin over it and I don’t blame people for not accepting it."
Though he would not detail exactly what was said in the party room, Mr Cansdell said concerns over the new Government’s reputation were certainly highlighted.
"As I’ve said before `Welcome to Government’, it’s easy in opposition to sit there and say you don’t care where the money comes from but in Government you’ve actually got to find the money," he said.
Mr Cansdell said the reality was that the previous Government allowed a $750 million blowout of a scheme that was supposed to cost $355 million (funded from the Climate Change Fund).
He said if the Government was forced to abide by its contracts through a blockage in the Upper House other projects may well have to suffer including the Pacific Highway, education, the Grafton bridge or the M4.